The Best Laid Plans Of Mackem Men…

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 A week making plans on the training ground
Hours spent scanning the subbuteo board
Had Steve Bruce convinced his game plan seemed sound
For his Mackem’s to put The Arsenal put to sword.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 But the beautiful game played by The Gunners
Is a whole different kettle of fish?
From the cut and thrust fervour of going for the jugular
Full on from game’s start to its finish.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 That way they knock it about, without a question of doubt
The Alsatian’s team are a joy
Fit to grace any field as their give go appeal
Gives some credence to men against boys?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Was it Liam (Chippy) Brady who first invented the short pass
Where packed defences are split open wide?
Gliding seemingly effortless across the illustrious green grass
In those days of his prime spent at Highbury?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I digress, it’s back to the Theatre of Light
And THAT rebound what made Steve Bruce stifle a cry
Swearing in disbelief seemingly begging for guidance
As his plans for The Arsenal went grotesquely awry?


Stevie son, you as a manager, should know full well that you can’t be expected to prepare a team to try and defend a goal like the one scored by The Arsenal against your team at the weekend, but it’s one of the truly wonderful things that make our game so unpredictable, that and the amount of time added on the end, which did of course enable Sunderland to equalize!



Editor’s note :
where the goal in question, was an Anton Ferdinand delayed punt upfield (from near the halfway line) that was charged down by the onrushing Cesc Fabregas, and the ensuing block looped off the underside of Cesc’s boot about 40 yards over the disbelieving head of Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/the-best-laid-plans-of-mackem-men/